The smartest politician in the Democratic Party just weighed in on Obamacare.
Somewhere President Obama is cringing.
In a recent interview, former president Bill Clinton said that President Obama should keep his promise and allow all Americans who like their current insurance coverage to keep it.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made and let them keep what they’ve got.” Clinton made his remarks during a website interview with OZY.com.
Clinton was offering his solution to the situation where, contrary to the President’s assertion that “if you like your health care coverage, you can keep it…period,” 5 million Americans have received cancellation notices from the health insurance companies because their policies do not meet the minimum coverage standards established under the Affordable Care Act. Clinton says that the president has to keep his promise.
Either your word is good…or it isn’t.
The problem for the president is that if he amends the law not only does he weaken the very foundation on which the law was based, he plays into the hands of his political rivals who have been looking for any flaw to embolden their desire to defund or repeal the bill.
A recent released Quinnipiac Poll shows the president’s approval ratings at an all time low of 39%. To put this into perspective…that mirrors George W. Bush’s approval rating in the aftermath of his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Perhaps even more damaging is the Quinnipiac number that shows that 52% of those polled no longer trust the president. It is the first time since taking office that he has lost the trust of a majority of Americans.
The botched ACA website is one thing. If the website is fixed as promised by November 30 then PERHAPS people will enroll and the positive stories will begin to outweigh the negative.
But the broken promise is a whole different animal. It is a genie that you can’t put back in the bottle. It kills any chance that the president might have had on immigration reform, tax reform or anything else on his agenda, at least until after the mid-terms. In fact this whole botched rollout/broken promise issue is certain to haunt Democrat candidates in 2014.
Bubba has put Obama between a rock and a hard place. But the truth is the truth…the president made a promise and broke it. He has to fix this.
There is one piece of news on which the president can take some comfort.
The same Quinnipiac Poll showed the approval rating for congress at 9%...that’s 9%!!!
We’d like to meet some of those 9% who think congress is doing a good job. It would be a VERY interesting conversation.
Must be family members…